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Chapter 6. Exploring Reports > Taking Charge of Report Controls

Taking Charge of Report Controls

In contrast to form controls, you cannot enter data into report controls. Therefore, its controls are used for display purposes. Even when you use a report control to calculate or manipulate information, it is still with a view toward displaying the data. Typically, the text box and label are the most heavily used controls in a report. Display-oriented controls, such as boxes, lines, and graphical controls are also helpful when you are endeavoring to make your report aesthetically pleasing. This chapter explains, by example, various methods for unleashing the power of the text box.

The toolbox for forms and reports is basically the same. This means that you use the same controls for reports that you use for forms, although there are differences, both in design and in function. One of the main differences you will notice when comparing report controls to form controls is the absence of events (although there is an event tab). There are other ways to program and refer to controls on the report. For example, when you right-click the various sections of the report, you can access the event tab to refer to controls in that section. You also can use the conditional formatting functionality, detailed later in this chapter, to format controls. And if that’s not enough, you can use the events in the properties of the report to address and program the report’s controls.


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